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Las Vegas museum tells of city’s history with nuclear testing

LAS VEGAS — Most retellings of Las Vegas’ history focus on the mob, casinos or the evolution of the neon sign. Since March 2005, the National Atomic Testing Museum has focused its attention on a more ominous bit of Sin City’s history: its connection to nuclear testing and the development of atomic bombs. The nearby Nevada Test Site (now officially renamed the Nevada National Security Site) served as a testing site for nuclear devices starting

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FAA approves Boeing’s certification plan for redesigned 787 batteries

Airlines could soon return Boeing 787 aircraft to commercial service, possibly within a matter of weeks, according to various published reports. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last week said it approved Boeing’s certification plan for the redesigned 787 battery system. The 787 aircraft have been grounded since January as Boeing works to resolve an issue with the aircraft’s batteries. According to the FAA, battery system improvements will include “a redesign of the internal battery components

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Chavez the latest former leader to go on display, maybe?

ATLANTA, March 17, 2012 – The latest in macabre tourist attractions may have hit a snag this week. Apparently, according to a Reuters report, officials in Venezuela waited too long to prepare the body of former President Hugo Chavez for permanent display. “Russian and German scientists have arrived to embalm Chavez and they tell us it’s very difficult because the process should have started earlier … Maybe we can’t do it,” Reuters quoted interim President

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TSA administrator: The individual is dangerous, not the object

TSA Administrator John Pistole this week said he understands “concerns” raised by critics of a proposed policy to allow passengers to carry small knives on planes, but he is standing pat. “It is not the object per se that is dangerous but the individual who intends to use that object to inflict harm that presents the danger,” TSA Administrator John Pistole said in his prepared remarks. Interestingly, that’s an argument opponents of gun control often

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Unreleased Dylan demo to be released on Record Store Day

A previously unreleased Bob Dylan demo recording will be released next month on Record Store Day, and the song is set to appear on a future collection of unreleased Dylan recordings. “Wigwam” was originally release on Dylan’s 1970 album Self Portrait as an instrumental song. The soon-to-be-released version of “Wigwam” and its b-side, “Thirsty Boots,” are set to be released on the next installment of Dylan’s ongoing Bootleg Series. Self Portrait, a collection of Dylan

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Will new Pope connect with younger generation?

Pope Francis I has a “good chance of appealing to younger generations of Catholics,” according to one expert. Francis, formerly Jorge Bergoglio, succeeds Pope Benedict XVI, who last month became the first pope to resign in more than 600 years. The Argentinean Francis is the first non-European pope in more than 1,3000 years and the first pope from the Americas. “I’m excited that he chose the name Francis. Most Americans know St. Francis as a

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Atlanta’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade set for Saturday

ATLANTA – More than 80,000 people are expected to turn out Saturday for the 131st Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade. The annual family-friendly parade, aimed at celebrating the city’s Irish culture and history, steps off at noon on Saturday (March 16). The parade runs along Peachtree Street, from the intersection of Ralph McGill Boulevard and Peachtree Street, to Marietta Street in Five Points. This year’s festivities include a pre-parade performance starting at 11:30 a.m. at the